After This Time
Eggplant Heroes is a musical collaboration including Duffy Duyfhuizen, Joel Pace, Olaf Lind, and poet/songwriter Max Garland. Blending three-part harmonies with guitar, trumpet, and violin, Eggplant Heroes present an eclectic mix of originals, literary adaptations, mountain gospel, and folk. Duffy Duyfhuizen was born and raised in New York City, and came to Eau Claire in by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His musical influences include urban folk (Paul Simon), Jersey rock (Bruce Springsteen), and country folk (John Prine and Townes van Zandt). A veteran solo artist, Duffy also plays on a regular basis with the full line-up of Davey J and the Jones Tones. Joel Pace also grew up on the east coast in Providence, Rhode Island, and he came to Eau Claire by way of Oxford, England. Joel majored in music in college before turning his attention to the study of literature. His musical influences range from salsa, to reggae, to hip hop. In addition to his work with Eggplant Heroes, Joel is a founding and continuing member of Irie Sol. Olaf Lind spent many of his growing up years in London, England before his family moved to Wisconsin. Olaf's musical talents were evident at an early age, and he studied classical violin and viola at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan before returning to Eau Claire. Comfortable with Bach, bluegrass, and the blues, Olaf also plays with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and with Lucas K and the Coolhand Saints. Max Garland's musical roots are in his home state of Kentucky. There he honed his guitar and vocal skills with traditional mountain gospel tunes and bluegrass. Max came to Eau Claire by way of the Iowa Writers Workshop and Madison, WI. In addition to songwriting, Max has published two acclaimed, prize winning books of poetry: The Postal Confessions and Hunger Wide as Heaven.